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Soteriology

The Gospel

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Perhaps one of the most important words Christians need to be clear about is the the word “Gospel.”

What is the “Gospel?”

This English word translates the Greek New Testament word εὐαγγέλιον (euangélion, “evangel” or “good news”). Although we can generally refer to the entire Bible as Gospel or call Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “the Gospels,” within the context of the New Testament, the word “Gospel” specifically refers to the good news message of God in Christ.

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Old Testament Soteriology

You are Chosen

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Whenever picking teams, someone must first be chosen to be captain. It is the captain who then picks the team.

To be chosen for a team or for an award is to be designated as special. Although some of us may not enjoy the “fame” that goes along with being chosen in these cases, very few of us would reject the opportunities that go along with being selected.

Even so, people find ways to turn this whole process around. “I wasn’t chosen. I decided to play for them or work for them.” Sounds kind of silly, but people do find ways to put the emphasis on the wrong syl-LABLE.